Tom Schofield prosecutes golf playing benefit cheat

Fri, 25 Feb 2011

David Ray claimed nearly £34,000 for a disability which he said prevented him from working since June 1995.
 
Yet the 55 year-old, of Digby Road, Coleshill, was fit enough to play golf twice a week at Walmley Golf Club.
 
Ray told the Department of Work and Pensions that he was almost unable to walk because of osteoporosis and a trapped nerve.
 
In addition, prosecutor Tom Schofield told Warwick Crown Court, that Ray claimed he needed assistance to get out of bed and for dressing, bathing and cutting up his food.
 
Yet he had been a member of Walmley Golf club since 1997 and had been playing twice a week.
 
DWP officers recorded him collecting his clubs from his car, walking briskly to the fairway and warming up by swinging his club before wheeling his golf trolley around the course........
 
 

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